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Newcastle won’t let Nazis use child abuse

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2571

Hundreds of people opposed the English Defence League in Newcastle

Hundreds of people opposed the English Defence League in Newcastle (Pic: Stand Up To Racism North East)


Anti-fascists vastly outnumbered the Nazi English Defence League (EDL) in Newcastle last Saturday.

Over 500 anti-Nazi protesters turned out to oppose around 70 EDL supporters.

The EDL was trying to use a sexual abuse scandal in the city to whip up racism. Some EDL members sieg heiled during Saturday’s protest.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sent a message of support to the anti-fascist protesters.

“All cases of sexual abuse are horrific,” he said.

“We must not allow the far right to exploit these vile crimes for their own vile ends, which seek to spread hate.

“As Labour leader, I stand in solidarity with your campaign.”

The anti-fascist protest, called by Newcastle Unites and Unite Against Fascism, was backed by all the major trade unions.

Other groups, including Show Racism The Red Card, were there along with school students and others.


1,000 anti-fascists defy Scottish Defence League

Around 1,000 anti-fascists greatly outnumbered and humiliated the Scottish Defence League (SDL) fascists in Perth on Sunday.

The SDL was seeking to whip up racism against a plan to build a new mosque.

The broadly-based anti-fascist demonstration was joined by local SNP MP Pete Wishart and Scottish Labour interim leader Alex Rowley.

The SDL arrived in a single decker bus but couldn’t park because of the size of the counter-protest.

Eventually the police enabled a few dozen SDL members to gather.

The size of the Unite Against Fascism demonstration, prepared by a local public meeting, is a big boost to anti-racists across Scotland.

People left feeling a sense of their collective strength and celebrating another in a string of successful mobilisations against the SDL.


Anti-fascists outnumbered a Nazi protest in Bristol last Sunday.

The Nazi demonstrators called themselves British and Immigrants United Against Terrorism and Gays Against Sharia. Supporters of the English Defence League and the South West Infidels joined the protest, which was about 60-strong.

Anne-Marie Waters, who is standing to be leader of the hard right Ukip party, spoke to the protest.

Around 200 people joined a counter-protest organised by anti-fascists and LGBT+ people in Bristol. Trade unionists and members of Stand Up To Racism joined the counter-protest.


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